Paris is the culinary capital of the world for good reason: it’s always buzzing with something new to taste. The French capital’s vibrant food scene continues to evolve, with a slew of new restaurants set to make their mark on the culinary map.
With May upon us, we gear up for some delectable new dining experiences (check out our April list here!) From trendy bistros to innovative eateries bringing together disparate food cultures, there’s something for every palate.
Here are the new restaurants in Paris to visit this May.
[Editor’s note: We’ve published the June version! Here’s 10 new restaurants in Paris to visit this June 2023]
The heartiness of Italian cuisine meets the precision and subtlety of Japan at Riviera Fuga, a new restaurant that touts a marriage between the two food cultures in 7eme. It’s early days and the space has yet to unveil the full menu at the time of writing, but we spy plates of pasta, fresh scallops and a selection of sake and cocktails on its Instagram page. 10 Port des Invalides, 75007 Paris.
The Savoir Vivre team, known for their successful ventures including Vivant 2, Déviant, Le Collier de la Reine, and Hôtel Bourbon, has recently relocated their pizzeria from the 10th Da Graziella to a new establishment called Il Camino, an authentic Italian bistro. At Il Camino, the skilled chefs Alfonso Iannuzzi and Nicholas Traina prepare fresh pasta and delectable small plates with rich Italian flavors, all cooked to perfection over a wood fire. The restaurant also boasts an impressive selection of Italian wines to complement the delicious cuisine. Il Camino is open for business every night of the week, inviting diners to indulge in a true taste of Italy. 43 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris. www.ilcamino.paris
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Grupponimo, the renowned pizza place, has opened a new location on 157 rue Montmartre. Expect a warm and inviting setting spread across the ground and first floors and relish the creative cuisine crafted by chefs Pietro and Emanuele. The menu at Grupponimo is a tribute to the heartiness of Italian cuisine, featuring a wide selection of pizzas made with homemade dough and baked to perfection. Each slice is guaranteed to melt in your mouth, leaving you craving for more. 157 rue Montmartre 75002 Paris. www.gruppomimo.com
Meat lovers will have a new address to visit, especially those who love cuts expertly grilled over charcoal or cooked to perfection in the Josper oven. Raffiné is located under the elegant arcades of rue de Rivoli, at the corner of rue Saint-Roch in Paris. The menu is curated by Chef Ferhat Turkes, who has dreamed up a feast for the senses with a wide and varied selection of exceptional cuts.From traditional carpaccios to succulent Black Angus beef ribs and exquisite Wagyu Tomahawk steaks, Raffiné’s menu is a treasure trove for carnivores. But it doesn’t stop there – Chef Turkes also tantalizes diners with more original plates such as beef tacos, Sando croques, and meatball sushi, showcasing his culinary artistry and creativity. 194 Bis Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.
Nakatsu is a culinary gem for street food enthusiasts, nestled on rue Ramey in the vibrant 18th arrondissement of Paris. This hidden gem is dedicated to serving up Karaage, the beloved Japanese fried chicken dish. At Nakatsu, Karaage takes on various forms, from classic renditions with homemade sauces like ginger mayonnaise, spicy fermented pepper sauce, and miso tartar sauce, to creative twists in burgers or donburi bowls.What sets Nakatsu apart is their commitment to ethical cuisine. The restaurant prides itself on using locally sourced, seasonal vegetables and accompaniments whenever possible, supporting organic farming practices. 25 Rue Ramey, 75018 Paris. Website here.
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Renowned chef Thibault Nizard has embarked on a new culinary adventure with the opening of L’Aube, a gourmet restaurant located just steps away from Palais-Royal, between the Louvre and the Opera in Paris. His background includes working at esteemed three-starred establishments such as Alain Solivérès at the Taillevent restaurant and Guy Savoy at La Monnaie de Paris. Now, chef Nizard brings a wealth of experience to his own restaurant to craft a dining experience that reflects his culinary journey. 10 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris. www.laube-paris.com
Broche embraces street food but adds a gourmet touch: it cooks its shawarma over a wood fire, adding a unique smokey flavor to this beloved staple. The menu is simple and laser-focused, with options for both meat lovers and vegetarians. Choose from pita shawarma filled with juicy cuts of meat or for for the pita falafel for those who prefer a plant-based option. Complement your meal with fries, pickles, or falafels as sides. Expect well-priced meal formulas that include a pita, side, and drink going between €15 to €16.5. This is the perfect spot for a quick and satisfying lunch on the go. 49 Passage des Panoramas 75002, Paris.
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Deli by Melt
Deli by MELT is a new eatery in the first arrondissement, that’s sure to be a delight for its tantalizing menu. The space boasts homemade smoked meat sandwiches that pay homage to New York delis, serving up the likes of the pork belly char siu style in a bahn Mi as well the generous spicy chicken sandwich. Don’t leave without trying the smoked portobello sandwich — if you still have space for more of course. 20 Rue des Halles 75001 Paris. www.meltslowsmokedbarbecue.com
Maxime Bouttier, formerly the head chef of Mensae, has embarked on a new culinary adventure with the opening of his first restaurant, Géosmine. With a passion for seasonal cuisine and an anti-waste approach, Chef Bouttier utilizes every part of the ingredients in his dishes and showcases his culinary prowess with a volley of signature dishes. There’s the hot rillette cromesquis, elevated with thistles and lard, accompanied by delicate puff pastries made with Mayenne butter and seasoned with black shallot and refined poutargue. Other unique offerings include oyster mushrooms from the Loire Valley, roasted whole or in a bouquet with XO sauce, enhanced with the indulgence of marrow. 71 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris. www.geosmine.com